Gujarat Cricket Association and state government’s Gujarat College, Ahmedabad signed a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 21st February 2014 to develop the latter’s cricket ground. On 26th September 2014 GCA president Mr. Amit Shah and GCA vice-president Mr. Parimal Nathwani inaugurated the newly developed cricketing facility for youngsters.
Gujarat College cricket ground was chosen considering the huge potential. The venue is centrally located ground and provides an alternative to GCA and gives young aspirants an easier access to the gentlemen’s game. The arena embraces two – A & B – grounds adjacent to each other.
The Gujarat College ‘A’ Ground has nine pitches and B ground has three 22-yard strips in the middle. Two red-soiled pitches are also prepared to provide a perfect ambience to a cricketer to adapt to various kinds of pitches across the country. There are 13 practice wickets too.
These wickets are maintained by professionally trained groundsmen. The ground has hosted quite a few local matches in the past couple of years.
Also with GCA’s Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Motera (Motera Stadium) undergoing renovation, GCA teams including Ranji trophy squad have shifted their base to this ground. Besides practice pitches, the venue is also equipped with ultra modern facilities like high-tech gymnasium centre, Physio’s treatment and consultation room, separate coaches room besides dressing rooms for the playing teams.
For a record, this very Gujarat College ground was once home ground for Gujarat Ranji Trophy team. Moreover, it has also witnessed cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar’s sensational batting when he played an U-16 match along with his pal Vinod Kambli at this venue.
Honorable Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi has always been a staunch supporter of youth development. His philosophy is reflected in the policies his government has implemented.
Whether it is the Khel Mahakumbh, Gujarat’s own sports carnival, or increasing sports scholarships in state budget, Mr. Modi, as chief minister of Gujarat 2001-2013, has always shown interest in youth, which he considers one of the pillars of the country.
It was the prime minister’s push for sports and youth development that gave birth to Eklavya Sports Academy (Thaltej) in Ahmedabad. The Academy was originally developed by Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA).
AUDA, in 2012, approached GCA to provide a professional touch to Eklavya Academy and to manage and maintain it. As a professional body and under the presidentship of Mr. Modi, GCA accepted the offer and appointed state-level professional coaches to handle the affairs.
The sports complex harbours an Olympic standard swimming pool where Amdavadis can hone their swimming skills and youngsters are inspired to dream big. Moreover, the sports complex also has table tennis, lawn tennis, skating, and football training facilities which swell to the capacity every evening.
The sprawling arena also welcomes health and fitness aficionados of the city for morning and evening walks.
In 2015, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) was handed over the responsibility of AUDA grounds, and the ownership of Eklavya Sports Academy was also transferred from AUDA to AMC. At present, AMC enjoys the ownership of the Sports Complex and GCA has renewed its contract with the governing body.
Cricket is a team game of runs, wickets, catches, losses and wins. These are nothing but statistics and milestones that separate best from the rest – be it a cricketer or a particular ground. Else how can a particular ground be lucky or favourite of a player(s)?
Certainly, when it comes to the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Motera or simply Motera Stadium here in Ahmedabad, it has all the reasons to be the favourite among players ever since it came on the cricketing map on 26 November 1983.
Right from the first match played between India and West Indies, Motera Stadium has been collecting records. Though India lost to the mighty Caribbean Kings, for former India captain and great Kapil Dev, it was a memorable experience. He bowled his Test best figures in that match, 9-83. Later in 1994, he broke Richard Hadlee's then world record of 431 Test wickets.
In 1987, just before hanging his glorious boots, legendary Sunil Gavaskar scored his 10000th Test run on this very ground to become first batsman to reach the milestone. A decade later, in 1999, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar scored his first double century at Motera. And how can cricket fans forget the famous ICC World Cup quarterfinal victory the MS Dhoni led outfit registered over the defending champions Australians to halt their victory march in the global event?
Motera has hosted 12 Tests and 24 ODIs till 2015. Moreover, in the past, the stadium was the home ground for Indian Premier League former champions, Rajasthan Royals.
Meanwhile, GCA has undertaken the task of redevelopment of Motera stadium to build the biggest cricket stadium in the world as far as seating capacity is concerned. It is the dream of honourable Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi to build the biggest stadium at Motera- a dream Mr. Modi saw when he was the president of Gujarat Cricket Association. Not many cricket fans in the region were able to see their stars live in action inside the stadium, so Mr. Modi expressed his desire to build the stadium of maximum capacity in 2013.
Mr Modi left Gujarat shores for National Duty when he was sworn in as Prime Minister of India, also vacating the GCA president chair and handing over the baton to Mr. Amit Shah, another visionary personality of Gujarat. The GCA executive committee led by the dynamic Mr. Shah decided to make Mr. Modi’s dream come true. The new stadium will accommodate 1.1 lakh cricketing fans inside the stadium.
When an association takes the responsibility of building the largest stadium in the world, equipped with ultra modern facilities including world class gym and hi-tech training areas, it has to get down to the task of making adequate preparations. Moreover, marshalling its resources on a massive scale to build the gigantic stadium, the association has to meticulously plan and set deadlines for the project. And so GCA vice-president Mr. Parimal Nathwani, known for his business acumen, has shouldered the responsibility of time-bound implementation of the project.
Recently, the Gujarat Cricket Association handed the stadium's renovation project to Larsen and Tubro (L&T). L&T was handed a letter of acceptance by Mr. Nathwani after the demolition of the old ground was complete, which had paved the way for the construction company to take over and develop the proposed stadium. The association has taken utmost care to keep it environment friendly. The greenery surrounding the historic stadium has been kept intact.
The foundation stone of the new stadium was laid on January 16, 2016 in presence of Mr. Nathwani, GCA joint secretary Mr. Jay Shah, and Gujarat Ranji Trophy team captain Mr Parthiv Patel.
Mr. Nathwani said that the new cricket stadium will be spread over approximately 63 acres of land and will accommodate 1,10,000 spectators. “There will be a concourse to connect the entire stadium for pedestrian and vehicular movement. Moreover, the Club house is equipped with 50-55 rooms and an Olympic size swimming pool,” he said.
GCA join secretary Mr Shah said that the new stadium will have three practice grounds for cricketers as well as indoor cricket academy for providing coaching to the budding cricketers.
The GCA Management has also taken into consideration the parking and traffic issues while designing the layout of the new cricket ground. “The parking area will accommodate around 3,000 cars and 10,000 two wheelers. In the past, the whole traffic load was borne by one main road from Motera to Sabarmati. According to the new layout, the traffic will be segregated in three directions. Apart from using the Motera-Sabarmati Road, the management plans to integrate Metro Rail and Sabarmati Riverfront Road. The discussion will be held with competent authorities in the state government in this regard,” said Mr. Shah.
For a record, when the Association didn’t own Motera Stadium, the guardians of Gujarat cricket kept the spirit of gentlemen’s game alive with help of HL College of Commerce and Gujarat College cricket grounds.
GCA and HLCC hosted West Indies greats like Gary Sobers, Wasley Hall and Rohan Kanhai way back in 1958 during a match against Board President XI. HLCC has also hosted Richie Benaud’s Australians.
Before Motera came into existence, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation owned Navrangpura Stadium was the breeding ground for young emerging first class cricketers. The Navrangpura stadium had also hosted quite a few Ranji Trophy first class matches but it came to glory only when it witnessed the India versus England international ODI in 1984. However, GCA was too dependent on AMC for the availability of the stadium, and at times, it led to heavy verbal volleys, which compelled GCA to look out for an option.
Thus, the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Motera was born.
Tender Bidding and Contract Award Process for Motera Stadium
Tender Notice issued on January 1, 2016 and published in all editions of the Times of India and Indian Express.
09 Bidders evinced interest and purchased Tender documents.
03 Bidders submitted their technical and financial bids. They are:
a) M/s Shapoorji Pallonji & Co. Pvt. Ltd. (SPCL)
b) M/s Larson & Tubro Ltd. (L&T)
c) M/s Nagarjun Construction Company Ltd. (NCC)
GCA formed a Tender Commercial Committee for evaluation of Tender process. The Members of the Committee are as under:
1) Sh. Parimal Nathwani, Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Vice President, GCA
2) Justice Sh. K. R. Vyas, Executive Member, Hon. Former Chief Justice of Mumbai High Court
3) Sh. S. S. Rathore, Executive Member, Chainman & MD – Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd., Former Secretary PWD, GoG
4) Sh. Narharibhai Amin, Executive Member, Former Hon. President, GCA
5) Sh. Rajesh Patel, Executive member, Former Hon. Secretary, GCA
6) Sh. Dhiraj Jogani, Executive Member, Former Hon. Treasurer, GCA
7) Sh. Bharat Zaveri, Executive Member, Hon. President CBCA
8) Sh. Bharat Dudhiya, Executive Member, Hon. Joint Secretary, GCA
9) Sh. Mehul Patel, Executive Member, Hon. Joint. Secretary, GCA
In addition, a separate Team of Contracting and Technical expertise evaluated the Technical bids to determine the compliance of Pre-bid criteria.
The concept and design aspects of each of the three bidders were critically examined and evaluated.
Simultaneous meeting with all the three bidders was convened and addendum scope documents was given to them so as to bring them on the same level of criteria, norms, codes, standards etc.,
The bidders then revised their bids and submitted.
In view of the scale, size and complexity of the World’s largest Cricket Stadium Construction Project, GCA appointed a competent Project Management Consultant (PMC). Following prospective Consultancy firms were approached:
1) STUP Consultants Pvt. Ltd.
2) Mott Macdonald
3) Shashi Prabhu & Associates
4) Hi-Point Project Management Solution
M/s. STUP Consultants Pvt. Ltd., and Mott Macdonald submitted the Expression of Interest for the Project Management Consultant.
Subsequent to series of discussions with both the consultants, M/s. STUP Consultants Pvt. Ltd., was finalized as PMC.
GCA’s Commercial Committee/ Techno Commercial Team and the PMC jointly evaluated each bidder’s proposals and their technical submittals.
The bidders exclusively presented their designs, models and gave detailed presentation and technical details of their concepts and designs. Evaluation of each bidder was also done from the point of view of their design efficiency, aesthetics, ease of construction / constructability in time frame, associate credentials, mobilization of resources and materials, time schedule for the project, implementation and execution etc.,
Technical submissions by each bidders received and were evaluated and ranked with relevant weightage of each aspects and sealed.
The Price bids opened in a meeting in presence of all the three bidders and a fair chance is given to each bidder to check the price submitted by each bidders.
STUP Consultants Pvt. Ltd., verified the price bids and given their Financial Bid Evaluation Report as under:
1) Lowest-1 (L1) : Larson & Tubro Ltd (L&T) : Rs. 677.190 Crore
2) Lowest-2 (L2) : Shapoorji Pallonji & Co. Ltd. (SPCL) : Rs. 847.878 Crore
3) Highest (L3) : Nagaarjuna Construction Co. Ltd. (NCC) : Rs. 1,065.000 Crore
The GCA Commercial Committee impressed upon the lowest bidder M/s. L&T to further reduce their bid which M/s. L&T gracefully brought down the bid amount from Rs.677.190 Crore to Rs.662.62 Crore.
The GCA Commercial Committee directed STUP Consultants Pvt. Ltd., authorized them to issue the Order with L&T, which is technically Ranked One and financially Lowest-1.
Thus, M/s. L&T was finalized as the Principal Contractor to design and build the World’s largest Cricket Stadium at Motera.